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20h UTC; THURSDAY, 17 APRIL 2014: So much for Mike Huckabee's rather noisome claim about North Korea supposedly having more freedom than the United States: Consider where a blistering new report from the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea reveals the depths of crudity that Pyongyang will dive to in order to obtain hard currency reserves and maintain its Juche Idea in the face of inetrnational sanctions aimed at further isolating North Korea into pariahdom and paranoia--as in counterfeiting prescription drugs, DVD's, foreign banknotes and high-end luxury products ... cigarette and pornography smuggling ... even the illicit trade in endangered species and precious gems, including flaunting the embargo on elephant ivory tusks.
And staying with North Korea for the nonce, consider this item from DailyNK.com, a Seoul-based online gazetta as offers a more impartial take on North Korean news and developments, as reveals what Governor Huckabee thinks is the "freedom" North Korea possesseth:
The North Korean authorities regularly organize a fireworks display to commemorate the anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth on April 15th. In fact, there have been two such displays since the Kim Jong Un regime took power at the end of 2011: one on April 15th, 2012, and another this year.In its turn bringing to mind this passage from Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell about how far the dystopic police state of Oceania went in monitoring for suspicion of disloyalty:
However, while spectators watching the shows, which take place around the Juche Tower in central Pyongyang, appear to be enjoying them, sources have long alleged to Daily NK that this is not actually the case. Rather, they say the authorities treat the events as highly political in nature, and therefore compel watchers to express positive emotions.
This is because the displays provide the leadership with the opportunity to not only reinforce the filial piety of Kim Jong Un, but also to promote the supposedly "monolithic governing system," and advertize the overall stability of the state. All these elements require that people react positively to what they are watching.
As one source from northerly North Hamkyung Province reported to Daily NK on the 16th, “I heard that they held a fireworks display in Pyongyang to celebrate Taeyangjeol [Day of the Sun], and it made me think, ‘People will be out there acting their part yet again.’ They wouldn’t have been able to complain even if they had wanted to.”
Although Pyongyang can seem distant from other regions of North Korea, there are still a lot of interactions between the capital and provincial areas. These allow the transmission of information about the events, and inform perceptions nationwide.
The source revealed, “In 2012 a group of a few dozen model members of the Union of Democratic Women in this province were taken up to visit Kumsusan Palace [in Pyongyang, where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s embalmed corpses are stored],” the source recalled. “They were then taken to watch the fireworks, and got told by the authorities that they had to show joy and excitement [...] Heads of units ordered their people not to disperse while watching the fireworks, and to raise the atmosphere by cheering and expressing awe any time cameras appeared.”
“Most of the people who went to Pyongyang at that time now reckon that the people ensuring that everyone plays their part in these events are actually from the military or SSD (State Security Department)," the source concluded. "They had always assumed from watching television that they were just students, but changed their minds after going there and checking their appearance and way of speaking at close quarters. They say you can tell from people's faces that their 'enjoyment' is forced.”
...It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself -- anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called.As for the need to promote "healthy respect" for ons styl ekonomesie vryheid in especially Impressionable Youth by way of the school curriculum, Real America needs to be all the more watchful of the ways and means of presentation, especially considering the risk of brainwashing thanks to the presentation being, perhaps, a hybrid of Soviet-model ideological instruction and Scientologist mind-control techniques. Not to mention incorporating the argot and ideology of Marxism/Leninism, the Afrikaner Ekonomesie Beweging (in particular its Holy Trinity of Reddingsdaad, Volkseenheid and Helpmekaar and the movement's greater ideal of creating a new "people-centred" form of capitalism aimed at saving the Afrikaner from "poor whiteism" most endemic) and Jucheism, all carefully adapted, manipulated even, to "conform to AmeriKKKan experience and conditions" by willful contradiction and manipulation of language and ideology.
Something the FCC needs to make note of: The Unhealthy, Unholy and Dangerous Alliances Between Right-Wing Extremist Groups and Movements and Right-Wing Prolefeed Radio, as revealed by Politico just the other day--and the Clear and Present Danger such could pose upon the ignorant and vulnerable as are its core audience (especially across the "REAL AmeriKKKa" of socioeconomic uncertainty and want of realistic jobs opportunities, where such shows dominate local AM radio stations or what passeth for them--usually kept viable from the profits of associated FM stations playing Top 40 or country music).
And of especial concern: The clear and present likelihood of such associations calling to mind the "cash-for-comments" scandal Down Under some years back, when talkback radio hosts on several AM stations in and around Sydney failed to disclose on air who paid for the messages they were essentially parroting without due regard for public interest. The which may be of particular regard to the FCC.
Finally, with the Easter Long Weekend coming upon us (with Your Correspondent electing to take a break concurrent therewith), Your Correspondent wishes to close with the following whimsically-inclined bit of Easter wishes to one and all of you:
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